Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.

Psalm 118: 15a


Let’s all fill our tents with the raucous celebratory shouts, songs, and dancing of those who have been released from the bondage of sin and death, whose hearts have been set free and whose lives are filled with the real meaning of living in close friendship and in true relationship with God.


In Christ we can and we should be lifting our voices to heaven and telling the whole world about the amazing and the absolute ways that God takes our worthlessness and our shame and turns it into something that is priceless beyond all comparison. This is the God who leads us to the best life possible, and this is the God who brings healing and wholeness to our broken bodies and our shattered souls.


Every day should be lived as a song of praise; the world that we touch should feel that it has just attended a concert of the angels, for the Lord’s song cries out from every pore of each redeemed being. Make expressions of thanksgiving and praise the lyric of this day, and fill the canyons and the mountain tops of your world with your salvation poem.

Lead me in the paths of your commandments, for I delight in it.

Psalm 119: 35


For a human being, especially a modern, western world, male like me to express delight at adhering to a set of rules is truly unusual to the degree of being weird. The oddity of it all gets taken a step further when I ask God to actually take hold of me and lead me along His rule guided path. Yet, as I pray to God in agreement with the writer of this Psalm, that is exactly what I am doing.


From experience I have learned that seeking to do those things that God commands, and even more importantly, allowing God to change my way of thinking so that His commandments are the driving forces behind my decision making creates balance and harmony in me that dwells deep in my soul; thus, it is a foundational resource for daily living. God’s primary commandment is that I love Him, and its close companion is that I would love others. Love is the foundation and the total expression of all that God desires for people. For if we love God, we will seek to do what is pleasing to Him, and if we love others with the sort of deep commitment that God does, we will desire to see their lives brought into a close and a permanent relationship with the Lord.


So, this is the delight filled life, start each day with personal attention to God’s word and by purposefully seeking alignment with His will and His guiding touch to direct the way to go through life. Then we need to continue to listen to His Spirit and accept its direction as situations and interaction with others unfolds. Finally, the day will be made complete by taking the time to reflect on what actually did happen; thanking God for all that He did to take care of the needs of this day, and seeking His guidance along the path that will be encountered tomorrow.